Every day this week when lunch is over and the kids go down for nap I hit a wall. (Granted, it’s only Wednesday, but…) My daycare kids and family have been sharing a cold for about a week, and it is the worst first thing in the morning, later at night, and smack in the middle of the day. But I’m trying to push through to the weekend when I can (maybe) get a bit of rest! Two more days…two more days…
I still haven’t gotten my desk project quite complete but it’s on my list for this afternoon/evening. I had hoped to share it today and since I can’t, I decided to flip-flop post schedules and instead talk about my most recent paper organizing project. (And since I’m tired and my kids will be waking up in a half hour, it may take me all day to get this done and posted!)
A lot of people organize with binders, and there’s a lot I like about that concept. Binders are easy to flip through for easy reference, can look nice on a shelf (if they’re coordinated and/or have pretty labels), and can even eliminate the need for a filing cabinet.
I like this idea of storing warranties and product manuals in binders from Delightful Order. She shares other ways to organize with binders on her blog.
On probably more than one occasion I almost made the switch to binders vs files, but didn’t proceed because:
- We have a good sized filing cabinet, but not shelves that work for standing binders up (and in large quantities).
- The shelves I do have are in cabinets downstairs (which are full) or built-ins upstairs…and I don’t want to look at endless shelves of binders off my living room.
- Some types of binder storage would require plastic sleeves, many of which I purged at a garage sale a year or so ago.
- Sometimes it’s more of a pain to file something away in a binder than it is to just drop in a folder. Especially if it’s not something I necessarily need to access, but just want to hang onto “just in case”.
- I already have tons of file folders and a filing cabinet, but to convert everything to binders would require purchasing binders, tabs, sheet protectors…it’s not as cost effective.
- Taxes (I talk more about what’s in this here)
- Blog & Projects
- Daycare (I consolidated my other daycare binders into one reference, and recycled papers I never used.)
- Food Program (also a daycare binder, but this one needed it’s own space due to the amount of pages)
- Last one is empty so far, but I may split up home projects and my blog planner, or create a binder for home exercises or something. Not quite sure yet.